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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1986-12-15

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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1986-12-15

Topics Live concert

Touch Of Gray, CC Rider, When Push Comes To Shove, Beat It On Down The Line-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Loser, Cassidy, Althea, My Brother Esau, Candyman, Let It Grow Iko Iko, Looks Like Rain, Black Muddy River, Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' In The Band-> Good Lovin', E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Location Oakland, CA

Source Audience
Lineage Nakamichi CM-101 > Nakamichi 550 > Sony WM-D6C; Nakamichi DR-3 (Master) > Oade adc24mod SONY SBM-1 > M-Audio AP2496 > Sound Forge XP4.5 > CDwave1.6 > FLAC16
Taped by Adam Smith & Andy Liu
Transferred by Adam Smith & Andy Liu


Field: Nakamichi CM-101 > Nakamichi 550 > Sony WM-D6C (Master) Tapers: Adam Smith & Andy Liu (dwonk)

Location: DFC of Taper Section (actually FOB by about 30 feet), 10' spread between mics (AB Stereo, two channel)

Transfer: Nakamichi DR-3 (Master) > Oade adc24mod SONY SBM-1 > M-Audio AP2496 > Sound Forge XP4.5 > CDwave1.6 > FLAC


Reviewer: teakay0 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2015
Subject: Feeling Fortunate
Living in the Bay Area, I had the privilege of seeing many 80's dead shows. 19 Greek shows, 7 New Years shows and more. But this show was special. We knew Jerry could be taken from us at any moment by drugs. That summer that thought was brought to light and it was scary. So when we got a chance to begin again after that scare, we were ready for magic.

I don't think it would have mattered whether they played well or not (they did!). We were together again. I remember standing at one of the entrances to the arena, looking out over the crowd. Candace had the lights on the crowd in rainbow colors, and I remember thinking, "The Tribes are together again!" The family was meeting and Papa was in charge. I felt so privileged to be there. I knew this was a special night in the history of The Dead, and I was there. I was home.

30 years down the road, it is definitely one of my top 5 memories of my time as a Deadhead. (5 stars for historical significance)
Reviewer: bear1990 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2011
Subject: Cassidy > Althea
Amazing Althea. Amazing.
Reviewer: southbay823 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2011
Subject: mp3 only????
available in mp3 only? 3-4 stars for the show...1-2 stars for the mp3 provided (no flac or shn)
Reviewer: grateful_web - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2011
Subject: Greatest Story Ever Told...
... and they mean it!

I just love this Greatest. Like Al Pachino said in Scarface: "Serious Money!"
Reviewer: Hamal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2006
Subject: what can you say?
it was so great to see the boys again that we enjoyed it...A LOT!!! lots of energy. but upon listening it feels like they are a bit tentative and reaquainting themselves with the territory. great memories. hard to believe it's twenty years later.

sound quality is not great, especially during the first set...very tinny, but workable. second set is better.
Reviewer: HoldenCA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2005
Subject: best show I ever saw!
I, too, was there and have been looking for a recording of this show for many years. The overwhelming sentiment when the show opened with Touch of Gray was electric. As Jerry said in an interview one time, "not a dry eye in the house", and that was literally the truth. His shy waves to the obvious heartfelt sentimentality of the crowd made it even more poignant. Only Jerry can evoke this kind of sentiment from the fans. It's still hard to listen to the Dead without feeling a profound sense of loss. It was a sad day when Jerry died, eclipsing even the day we lost John.
Reviewer: Pizza T - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2005
Subject: Chronic Show
Hi, I am Pizza T and I really like this show. It is tight, Jerry back from the dead and on PHIRE!!!!
He proves to us that he is da man. I prefer dead in 86 and 95 so far. I will continue my travels. The sound quality is about a 2 or 3, but the show is for sure a five. Jerry Bear is Da Man!!!!! The band that forgot time is what this show makes me think of!
Reviewer: Grapefruit Fred - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2005
Subject: Energy A, Sound C
I agree with previous reviewers in regards to the energy. I too got goose bumps when hearing the crowd reaction to TOG and Candyman. The band is playing pretty well and obviously emotions are running high. The sound of the recording to me seems kind of "Tinny". Also Bobby sounds more out in front of the mix than usual. I don't know, maybe it's just me. I do prefer this recording to the SBD just for the crowd noise. Over all I rate this as a high 3. Historically signifigant but only a so-so recording in my opinion.
Reviewer: krypticalenvelopment - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject: Jerrys' Return
This indeed was a very special night. This was my first West Coast show and I just had to see if papa was ready to rock. Everyone was very jubulent but reserved. Was Jerry really ok after cheating death 4 months earlier? Will it be different?
Yes it was. Jerry WAS never the same. Listen to his voice. Youthful Jerry had now completlely disappeared and ol craggy Jerry emerged. Still Jerry, but a deeper voice for sure. On this nite as well as the next 2 a chair was brought on stage for him to sit and play during the show when he tired. We even joked at the time, that his sitting would be the key to a longer playing career. Hey Jer could be rolled out and rolled back!
Seriously, listen to the Touch. This was the first time the "bridge" from the album was played in public and it was a new place to go with the music, and there was NOT a DRY EYE in the house for the chorus at the end. I'll listen to the candyman and see.
That whole run had doubleentandra for every lyric and verse. The most searing moment for me was the 3rd night during Black Peter when Jerry chose not to sing the line "... I was layin' in my bed and...." That was pure joy that we still had papa to sing to us.
Reviewer: ABC DEE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2005
Subject: Just downloaded Candyman
Man, that sh#t sent chills through my spine towards the end when the crowd starts clapping a perfect beat, and you can tell Jerry is in lovin the fan's affection. If I had a time macine that would be one of my first stops.
Reviewer: jerrygarciahead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2005
Subject: I was there...
and will always remember the energy of the crowd. Once in a lifetime shows. For that alone it's a keeper, but for Candyman's last verse it's a must have. Telling everyone that the Candyman was back in town raised the roof. Jerry's voice may have been a little weak, but the heads filled in just fine.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
Subject: Energy..!
also, 1st When push comes to shove and 1st Black Muddy
Reviewer: jbyerly1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2005
Subject: Oakland Shows
Next to the Augusta, Me. 1984 shows, these are the greatest three shows of my life. I will never forget the energy at these shows.
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2005
Subject: I Will Survive...We will survive
Wow...the crowd impact everyone's true. Never, ever have I heard such appreciation for Jerry. First listen here...gonna check Candyman too. Is it a great aud tape? No, but that's not the point here. The Fat Man rocks!
Reviewer: DeadtotheHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2005
Subject: A Happy Day
If only I could have been there! This audience kicks. Great energy and the setlist is amazing. I had to download this show, you should too.
Reviewer: pheeltrey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: Historic Show
Thanks for posting this nice AUD. The energy is amazing. The Return of Jerry is a show every head must listen to.

Five Stars for historical significance.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2005
Subject: Great from head to toe
Particular shoutout to wharf rat and candyman like everyone one said is awesome.
Reviewer: Coz-in-Cali - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2005
Subject: Return of the Dead
I had tickets for the Ventura '86 shows and got the news of the cancellation when I stopped to pick up my buddy for the trip to the coast. When I heard just what had happened I swore I would do whatever possible to catch the next show ... if there would even be a next show . There was and we made the trip from Tucson to the Bay. The thing I remember most about this show was the Candyman, and Jerry pointing down at us as he sang " won't you tell everybody you meet , that the Candyman's in town ! " I still get shivers when I think about it , the crowd in the coliseum erupted like Mt St Helens !!!!! That moment made the whole trip worthwhile !
Reviewer: Aiko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: Jerry is back
Jerry is back and in good form from his coma.
The band and the crowd surpass the energy level on this one. Take a listen to candyman. The SBD is also good but lacking the crowd energy.
I give it a 5 for the energy
Reviewer: crazy4golf2003 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2004
Subject: Experience
I remember Bill Graham sitting down beside myself and my buddy Dave.He was exhausted.We talked for about 15 minutes while he took a much needed break.He got a call on his radio that said Jerry was ready.He said he would see us at the break.My friend and I were taking bets to see what they would open with.I won.We all won.The first notes of Touch we started to cry.I looked at my friend and asked him,"Why are you crying?".He said,"Why are you?".Then we just smiled.It was the perfect way to say"I'm Back".We miss you Jerry.I still get a tear in my eye when I listen to this show.
Reviewer: The Bopper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Finally
I've been waiting 10 years to hear an audience recording of this show, and it was well worth the wait! Thank you Mr. Smith and Liu for a great sounding recording. The band sounds a little rusty, but the rust is far overshadowed by the energy in Coliseum. The performance may be a three or four star, but I think it's worth five stars based on the significance of the show and the amount of energy between the crowd and band. It sounded like everyone was glad to be back. I'm sure there is someone who tell can us about their experience attending this show??
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